41 days in Senegal, Gambia & Nouakchott Itinerary

41 days in Senegal, Gambia & Nouakchott Itinerary

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Start: Nouakchott, Mauritania
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Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 5 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
3
Kolda, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 45 min
4
Ndangane, Senegal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kaolack, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Banjul, Gambia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Kartong, Gambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Serekunda, Gambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Bakau, Gambia
— 1 night
Bus:  8 h
10
Dakar, Senegal
— 11 nights
Ferry:  26 h
11
Ziguinchor, Senegal
— 2 nights
End: Ziguinchor, Senegal


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3
nights
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott ©
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marche Capitale. Get some historical perspective at Saudi mosque and Ibn Abbas Mosque. Get some cultural insight at Galerie Zeinart and Mosque Ould Mbouja. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Port de Peche, kick back and relax at Plage de Nouakchott, browse the range of quality goods at Marche Turc, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haye Mohamedia Mosque.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nouakchott trip itinerary planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Marche Capitale ©
Marche Capitale
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott
Galerie Zeinart ©
Galerie Zeinart

5
nights
Saint-Louis, Senegal

Saint-Louis ©
West Africa's first French settlement, World Heritage-listed Saint-Louis (or Ndar in Wolof) shows off its colonial architectural style with an ambience of tranquility and historical charm.
You've added Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Lac des Guiers, Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Camee and Galerie Arte. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Village Artisanal and Galerie Ethiopiques. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gandiol.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saint-Louis day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and car from Nouakchott to Saint-Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Saint-Louis, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kolda.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lac des Guiers
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Lac des Guiers ©
Lac des Guiers
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary ©
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria ©
Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria

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Kolda, Senegal

Kolda ©
Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National du Niokolo-Koba.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kolda, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Louis to Kolda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Louis in April, things will get a bit warmer in Kolda: highs are around 107°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ndangane.

Things to do in Kolda

Parks Nature
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Parc National du Niokolo-Koba ©
Parc National du Niokolo-Koba

3
nights
Ndangane, Senegal

Ndangane ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, Village Artisanal de Saly, Mini Beach by Lamantin, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Parc National du Delta du Saloum and Musee Mahicao.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ndangane route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kolda to Ndangane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. April in Ndangane sees daily highs of 106°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kaolack.

Things to do in Ndangane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, Musee Mahicao, Mini Beach by Lamantin, Joal Fadiout, Lagune de la Somone
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Parc National du Delta du Saloum ©
Parc National du Delta du Saloum
Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Musee Mahicao ©
Musee Mahicao

1
night
Kaolack, Senegal

Kaolack ©
Kaolack is a town of 172,305 people on the north bank of the Saloum River and the N1 road in Senegal. Before you visit Kaolack, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Ndangane to Kaolack by car takes about 2 hours. April in Kaolack sees daily highs of 106°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Banjul.

Things to do in Kaolack

Historic Sites
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Stone Circles of Senegambia ©
Stone Circles of Senegambia

6
nights
Banjul, Gambia

Banjul
Banjul, officially the City of Banjul and formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. You've added Albert Market, Mission Koulangoume, Fort Bullen, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Baitus Salam Mosque and National Museum. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Arch 22.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Banjul route planner.

Getting from Kaolack to Banjul by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kaolack in April: high temperatures in Banjul hover around 94°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kartong.

Things to do in Banjul

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

North Bank Division, Mission Koulangoume, Bakau Craft Market - Sand Art Shop
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Bijilo Forest Park
Bijilo Forest Park
Fort James Island ©
Fort James Island
River Gambia National Park
River Gambia National Park

2
nights
Kartong, Gambia

Kartong ©
A multi-ethnic village community formed by several tribes, Kartung lies on the far-southern coast of the Atlantic Ocean and provides some of Gambia's most secluded and picturesque bays and beaches.
You've now added Gunjur Village Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the galleries of Lemonfish Art Gallery and then get a new perspective on nature at Gunjur Village Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Reptile Farm.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kartong trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Banjul to Kartong takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Serekunda.

Things to do in Kartong

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Gunjur Village Museum
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Gunjur Village Museum ©
Gunjur Village Museum

2
nights
Serekunda, Gambia

Serekunda ©
Serekunda hugs the Atlantic Ocean on one side and faces the Gambia River on the other, both of which provide an escape from the heat when temperatures rise.
You've added Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking), Senegambia Craft Market, Makasutu Culture Forest, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Youth Monument, soothe aching muscles at The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Makasutu Culture Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Senegambia Craft Market and then learn and have fun at Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Serekunda attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kartong to Serekunda takes an hour. In April in Serekunda, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bakau.

Things to do in Serekunda

Classes Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking), The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort
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The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort ©
The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort
Makasutu Culture Forest ©
Makasutu Culture Forest
Senegambia Craft Market ©
Senegambia Craft Market

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night
Bakau, Gambia

Bakau ©
Nestled at the meeting point of the Gambia River and the Atlantic, the small resort town of Bakau draws visitors with its palm-lined beaches, lively marketplaces, and friendly, welcoming local community.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Bakau Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at Bakau's Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bakau online vacation planner.

Bakau is just a short distance from Serekunda. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in April, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You'll set off for Dakar on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Bakau

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Katchikally Crocodile Pool ©
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Bakau Fish Market ©
Bakau Fish Market
Bakau's Botanical Gardens ©
Bakau's Botanical Gardens

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nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marche HLM, Le Village des Tortues, Reserve De Bandia, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee and La Maison des Esclaves. Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar and Grand Mosque of Dakar will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum), view the masterpieces at Loman Art House - Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oceanium Dakar, and make a trip to Presidential Palace.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dakar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Bakau to Dakar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bakau in April: highs in Dakar hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Ziguinchor.

Things to do in Dakar

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Thies, Reserve De Bandia, Plage Popenguine, Le Village des Tortues, Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
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La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
Plage Popenguine ©
Plage Popenguine

2
nights
Ziguinchor, Senegal

Ziguinchor
Capital of the region of the same name and the largest town in southern Senegal, the port town of Ziguinchor provides a gateway to the scenic landscape of the Casamance region.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): deepen your understanding at Mission Koulangoume.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ziguinchor online travel planner.

Getting from Dakar to Ziguinchor by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Dakar, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Ziguinchor, ranging from highs of 100°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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